The 2008 U.S. Paralympic Team roster for rowing has been set, pending United States Olympic Committee approval. Four crews will represent the United States at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, China.
The U.S. will have crews competing in the men's adaptive single sculls, women's adaptive single sculls, trunk-arms double sculls and legs-trunk-arms four with coxswain. The nine-person roster includes seven veterans of the adaptive national team and one athlete with Paralympic experience. Women's single sculler Laura Schwanger is a three-time Paralympic track and field athlete, winning four gold medals in 1988, three silver medals and a bronze medal in 1992 and three silver medals in 1996.
Angela Madsen and Scott Brown have won four gold medals at the world championships in the trunk-arms double sculls, while men's single sculler Ron Harvey is a three-time world championships medalist. The leg-trunk-arms four with coxswain crew includes three national team veterans and two rookies.
Rowing at the 2008 Paralympic Games runs September 9-11, with finals set for September 11. Racing will be contested over a 1,000-meter course and will take place at the Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park, located in the Mapo Town in the Shunyi district of Beijing. The rowing course in located about 45 kilometers outside of downtown Beijing.
This marks the first year that rowing will be a part of the Paralympic Games. The International Rowing Federation (FISA) introduced adaptive rowing on a world championship level at its 2002 World Rowing Championships in Seville, Spain.
USRowing is a nonprofit organization recognized by the United States Olympic Committee as the governing body for the sport of rowing in the United States. USRowing's Official Sponsor is Johnson & Johnson; its Official Suppliers are Hudson Boat Works and NIKE, Inc.; its Official Patron is Concept2; its Official Electronics Outfitter is Nielsen Kellerman; its Official Timer is Powerhouse Timing; its Official Registrar is RegattaCentral; and its Preferred Printer is Sport Graphics Printing. USRowing also receives generous support from the National Rowing Foundation.
2008 U.S. Paralympic Team Roster
Name, Hometown, Affiliation
Adaptive Men's Single Sculls
Ron Harvey, Long Beach, Calif., Long Beach Rowing Association
Adaptive Women's Single Sculls
Laura Schwanger, Harrisburg, Pa., Philadelphia Rowing Program for the Disabled
Trunk-Arms Double Sculls
Angela Madsen (s), Long Beach, Calif., California Adaptive Rowing Program
Scott Brown (b), Collingdale, Pa., Philadelphia Rowing Program for the Disabled
Legs-Trunk-Arms Four with Coxswain
Simona Chin (c), Houston, Texas, Thompson Boat Club
Jamie Dean (s), Pickerington, Ohio, Wake Forest/Greater Columbus RA
Jesse Karmazin (3), Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Potomac Boat Club
Tracy Tackett (2), Phoenixville, Pa., Vesper Boat Club
Emma Preuschl (b), Indianapolis, Ind., Purdue Univ. Crew Club/Indianapolis RC
2008 Paralympic Games Coaching and Support Staff
Name, Position, Affiliation
Karen Lewis, Head Coach, Philadelphia Program for the Disabled
Frank Biller, Boatman, Vesper Boat Club
Margaux Jackson, Team Manager, USRowing
Jeffry McGinnis, Team Support, Philadelphia Program for the Disabled